I’m blaming missing the tang receiver on being so sick from a head cold, lol. I’ll get it browned. Need to figure out how to brown TC sights and aluminum under rib that didn’t take super blue torched or browning solution at all.
Was perfectly smooth but I switched to steel wool to card and it had a little denatured alcohol in it. Sort of created a peeling paint effect. It probably was s blessing since that remaining “paint” was a thick layer and when subsequent browns scrubbed it off the surface brown looked a lot less superficial.
Seems the lock kept rusting a little too. I want to disassemble it anyway to polish all bearing surfaces so I’ll give it another rotella bath then.
Thanks to all for the guidance. I learned a lot during the process. Definitely a good way to learn their functionality and other details.
Was oiled but I blasted lock with ballistol and more scaling came off. Looks 100% better now. I darkened the RR tubes already. Ended up taking a permanent brown sharpie to the TC sight. The fiber bead I wiped with browning and it etched enough it sorta blends. Going to change to a rear tang Ladder peep at some point.
Think it needs the standard sling swivel instead of the current ones. The style that require a lug added to the barrel and drilling through stock. Looks a little funny with a rubber sling and the ramrod sling attachment.